Review - "Confess"

"Confess" by Colleen Hoover

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

So, I don't know what changed ... my taste in books or just simply my attitude towards certain issues. But I don't like things that I used to a couple of years ago. For example, I didn't mind insta-love or love triangles, or those typical YA books that were so hyped back then. 
Now, I just can't with them. Insta-love with no build-up, love triangles that aren't relatable because both guys are douchebags, etc etc... 

Unfortunately, "Confess" falls exactly into this category (at least in regards of the insta-love part) and it actually had me scoffing and rolling my eyes like 98% of the time. The only reason that I actually gave it 3 stars (although I'm tending more towards 2,5) is because of how Colleen Hoover managed to integrate art into all of this: Owen uses the anonymous confessions he gets as inspiration for his art, which I find incredibly creative and beautifully done: 

 I don't remember the artists name, who actually painted these (it was somewhere at the end of the book), but you can purchase prints of them here, which I intend to do asap.

So this book owes these 3 stars to the artist in me, not the reader. Because, let's be honest, the story was not my cup of tea at all. Maybe the 15-year old me would have liked it (but I wouldn't listen to 15-year old me, because all I read back then was Nicholas Sparks lol), the love story was too rushed, the MC a typical Mary Sue, male love interest way too possessive, the plot was meh. 

I am willing to give Hoover another chance, because I actually have a couple of her books on my TBR list. But "Confess" - not for me ;) 

- Claire 


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